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Review of Advertising Executives/David Yentoff

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561 Hudson Street, Suite # 25
New York, NY 10014

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1 year

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Advertising Executives, run by David Yontef, seems like a scam-pulling front. Mr. Yontef found my graphic arts resume on and proceeded to bombard me with emails loaded with hyperbolic claims of never-ending jobs available at pharmaceutical advertising agencies. Although drug ad agencies are pretty recession-proof, no one else in town at the more established head hunters had similar leads. Usually, when a job is open, everyone will know about it.

David Yontef's job postings at are infinite and numerous enough to open a dozen companies, but he somehow places many many candidates at high-paying jobs all by himself. He must be making a good commission with no assistants. But for some reason, his email address is not, it is I would imagine that with all of the money he is making, he could afford his own domain name and web mail addresses (it costs less than $10 a month).

Our interaction involved his bragging about "URGENT, ACTIVE and IMMEDIATE openings for which he wanted me to fill out paperwork right away, without disclosing any information about his offerings, where I would be working that day (first shift, second shift, or third shift: he had them all).

His time sheet was built in Word, not even in excel with macros that add hours. It looked pathetically basic and unbranded. I decided to postpone paperwork until I met him in his office. He urged me to complete the paperwork before admitting that he could never see me, and repeatedly emailed me desperate messages in which he implored me to return to him my social security number along with faxes of my driver license.

This sounds like an identity-theft stunt if you ask me. Nothing added up to anything but craft. And a year later, I am still reading his same rambling job descriptions for very executive positions for which qualified individuals must certainly have some major liquidity that any grifter would like to get a hold of. Why aren't his ads geared towards working class individuals? Maybe they haven't enough cash to snatch. Watch your back.

Mary Reade


Thu Aug 5 01:04:14 EST 2004

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